Merrick Re-Opens New Jersey Pipeline

WR Miguel Merrick (6'0 192) goes down as the first signee from the state of New Jersey for Coach Ferentz and staff. After many close calls on other top flight prospects in New Jersey, the staff was able to land one of the better athletes this time around in Union City, NJ. Now Miguel will prepare himself to join the ride.

A lot has been publicized on Miguel Merrick the past two months after he exploded onto the eastern scene with a very impressive senior campaign.

"I had 63 receptions for 1200 yards and nine touchdowns," Miguel stated. "I also was able to run five punt returns and one kick return back for a touchdown. I think my ability to play all over the field was the main attraction as I even ran and threw for one touchdown and had four interceptions at my safety position."

Techinically, Iowa recruited Miguel as a wide receiver, however, Miguel is an athlete that knows how to play on the defensive side of the ball. Could Miguel end up being a newcomer in the secondary?

"Iowa is bringing me in as a WR due to their shortage at that position. That does not mean I will not end up somewhere else or will not being willing to play elsewhere. I like to hit and I feel that I can cover."

One of the things that has helped stand out about Miguel is his jumping ability. Not being a prototypical WR at only 6'0, it is that jumping ability that could help propel Miguel on to the next level.

"I'm not playing basketball right now, but I can dunk with two hands very easily. I'm just lifting to get bigger, stronger, and faster. I will be running some track in the 100, 200, and high jump. I have ran a 10.9 in the 100 and jumped a 6'1 in the high jump."

Miguel made his commitment known on his offical visit that he took back on December 8th. Many fans have always heard how Coach Ferentz and staff seperate from others in helping their chances with prospects. This was no different with Miguel.

"When I was on my visit they really stressed academics. They did just talk about the team scenario, but made it seem more like a family. They really showed care about you and had a great support program. They make sure you go to class and do all the little things."

One issue that has always been a very debatable situation is the whether schools should leave a committed prospect alone. I spoke to Miguel about this interesting scenario.

"Rutgers and Cincinnati still called me a few times, but it was never anything real distracting for me. I told them I was a firm commitment as I knew where I wanted to go. For me, this whole thing was more of a great thing than it ever was a hassle."

Well, certainly it is in the hopes of the coaches, players, Miguel, and Hawk fans that it never becomes a hassle for Miguel at Iowa. Certainly, Miguel is bringing a good head on his shoulders, with a 3.1 GPA and 980 on SAT, to Iowa and next fall it will be time to start translating that into success.

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